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Societe Française de Materiel Agricole et Industriel de Vierzon (SFV or Vierzon)
Founded 1847
Defunct 1960s
Headquarters Vierzon, France
Products agriculture machinery tractor
Parent Case


SFV vineyard model - IMG 4984

A SFV tractor (Vineyard model ?) in unrestored condition at Bath and Southwest Tractor show 2009 on the Horticultural display

SFV or Societe Française de Materiel Agricole et Industriel de Vierzon was a French builder of tractors of the Lanz Hot Bulb Engine design. The facory was situated in the city of Vierzon (Cher department)

HistoryEdit

The companies origin goes back to 1847 building farm machinery, and moved into the Steam engine business in 1861.[1] By 1931 they built a "Vierzon" gasoline tractor, of a Hot-Bulb design. This was a 50/55 hp design and was followed by several smaller models until 1957. The name Vierzon was dropped after WWII and the restyled versions marketed as "SFV". In 1048 production was about 170 per month with 5000 machines of all types built in 1955.

By the mid-fities they were in decline, and Case bought a share of the company. Models were redesigned, but sales still fell. The firm went under in the 1960s. Some Case tractors for the French market were built in the factor at one stage.

Model rangeEdit

SFV 201 of 1957 reg RSJ 516 at Stoke Goldington 09 - IMG 9822

An unusual (in UK) French SFV 201 at the Stoke Goldington Steam Rally 2009

PreservationEdit

A few SFV and Vierzon models can be seen on the UK rally circuit. They are mainly personal imports as old tractors tend to be cheap in France and of reasonable condition. Being of the Hot bulb design they are of interst to some collectors of Lanz machines. A few Vineyard models may have been imported for work in the orchards of Kent and Herefordshire.

Other French brandsEdit

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